National Night Out Enhances that Sense of Community

August 9, 2019

 

by Doug Robinson

The Hudson Police Department and the Rodgers Memorial Library teamed up to bring “National Night Out” to Hudson.  This exciting event was designed to promote family fun and to build community between citizens and their police.

“The event has been held annually since 1984, and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada.  National Night Out began simply with neighbors turning on their porch lights and sitting in front of their home,” writes National Night Out.

In addition, “National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.  National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.  Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.”

During the Night Out, the HPD was available to put the focus on working together, more specifically, on building closer relationships with the public.  HPD officers volunteered their time and their knowledge to speak with Hudson citizens on any topic of concern.

The huge block party was held on the grounds of the Rodgers Memorial Library.  The event was so well attended that the parking lot of Alvirne High School required a police officer to direct traffic for the safety of all.

As the evening progressed, the parking spaces at AHS continued to fill, and the lines to dunk HPD School Resource Officer Downey grew longer and longer.

The activities included a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, giant games, face painting, many community and informational booths, as well as a photo booth, spreading across the fields of the Rodgers Memorial Library for all to enjoy.

As the sun began to set, the water balloons appeared.  HPD versus the children.  Who won? Simply said:  The town of Hudson won.

The night concluded with families spreading out blankets, chairs, coolers, and community, as they all watched the outdoor movie, “Missing Link.”